PhD Sandra Bischof Vukusic, Assoc.Prof., Senior scientist at the
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology (TTF-in) is the
coordinator of the FP7 project funded by the European Commission in
group projects Capacities. Activity REGPOT-1 provides for the
development of scientific potential konvergencijskih region.
The overall aim is to strengthen the scientific potential of the
TTF-in that will allow greater inclusion of the Croatian textile
organizations in the research activities at European level and thus
support the process of harmonization and integration of European
research (European Research Area - ERA).
The basic design goals are:
- Strengthening Scientific Research (Science & Technology S & T) potential
- stablishing strategic partnerships with research groups and industry
- Mobilization of human & material resources
- Strengthening communication between centers who have similar research interests
- Dissemination of scientific information and research results
- Improvements in meeting socio-economic needs of Croatia.
Strengthening the scientific and research potential
Faculty of Textile Technology is the only scientific and research
institutions in the field of textiles and clothing. Strengthening TTF's
scientific and research potential will be realized through
strengthening the human and material resources, as well as through the
research infrastructure. Recently founded Research Center for textiles
(Textile Science Research Center - TSRC), will through this project
will be further strengthened with the aim of strengthening national
innovation. The European Union, and Croatia recognized the importance
issue nanotechnology, new materials and production technologies (NMP),
which should continue to evolve if it wants to uèvstiti European
competitiveness, as well as the Croatian products on the global market.
Establishing strategic partnerships with research groups and industry
Recently launched a new initiative of the European
market (Lead market initiative - LMI), in which as one of 6 major
markets predicted protective materials. Faculty of Textile Technology
seeks its existing good cooperation with the industrial sector further
strengthened, primarily through joint projects. As part of the T-Pot
project will intensify the cooperation, primarily with 3 European
1) Sächsisches Textilforschunginstitut (STFI), Saxon Textile Research Institute, Germany
2) Institute of Natural Fibers (INF), Institute for the natural fiber, Poland
3) Center of Technological Innovation (Leitat), Center for Technology Innovation, Spain.
Mobilization of human & material resources
At the expense of the T-Pot project will be employed 3 new researchers
who will further educate the partner institutions for a period of at
least 6 months. This measures the mobilization of human resources,
promoting transfer of knowledge and further reinforces the partnership
with European colleagues. Additionally, will be deployed one expert
with many years of experience, primarily within the NMP category that
seeks to strengthen this project. Given the current trend of lifelong
education and the necessity of permanent adoption of new knowledge and
skills, the project will be organized shorter visits of Croatian
researchers in European institutions, and vice versa, for the purpose
of the transfer and application of new knowledge. Also in these events
to be organized lectures of guest experts, textile forums, workshops
and summer schools. The presence of representatives from the Croatian
industry is a necessary prerequisite for the transfer of knowledge from
the academy towards the industry.
As part of the project will improve the research infrastructure
procurement Series devices. Given that the goal of this project, the
strengthening of scientific capacities, primarily in the area of
protective material provides the procurement of devices for the
thermogravimetric analysis (TGA-thermogravimetric analysis, DSC - Differential scanning calorimetry, FTIR
- Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy). For more detailed
characterization of fiber or material, as well as the analysis result
of the changes in the textiles and other substrates will be procurement
and SEM (scanning electron microscope).
Dissemination of scientific information and research results
Dissemination of scientific information will
primarily take place through a new portal Scientific Research Center
for textiles (Textile Science Research Center). The entire portal is
aimed at monitoring the results of research and development of textile
and clothing industry. Portal will serve as a link between local and
international experts and scientists, and enable faster and easier
information exchange and transfer of knowledge.
Improvements in meeting socio-economic needs of Croatia
Strengthening the scientific capacity of TTF and the T-Pot
contribute to the improvement of the Croatian socio-economic needs.
Faculty in their ongoing development and support the entrepreneurial
culture of innovation and thus allow you to capitalize knowledge. We
hope that the funds obtained from the European Commission to strengthen
scientific research capacity in the value of gotovo1 million €, to give
an additional impetus Croatian textile and odjevnoj industry that it is
in these crucial moments, very much needed.